Beltaine (traditional) – Sun in Taurus – 11 degrees
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – sunrise, 6:12 am EDT
Date: May 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Apr 30th)
Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Taurus
Color: reds for (menstrual) blood of the Goddess, whites for semen of the God
Food: fresh fruit and veggies, veal, ham, chicken, (but rarely any meat), pasta, breads, cakes, jams/jellies, wine/mead
Common Info: Maypole dancing to entwine the ribbons of red and white representing Goddess and God (phallic symbol and World Tree lore), Handfasting, Spiral Dancing, Bel Fires, last Fertility Fest, Decorating the Bush/Tree, Fairies return, Chaplets,
Beltaine is the Festival of Flowers, which tends to mark the first day of the Celtic Summer or growing season. The date is usually May 1st or when the Sun is 15′ degrees Taurus. As it is also called May Day, many celebrations surround the early flowers of the season. Belinos, Flora and Blodeuwedd are the deities celebrated most. The May Pole is erected and flower sprays are placed atop. Music and dancing is typical. Taliesin is typically honored, although the marriage of the God and Goddess is best described. Hedonistic license is prominent among the folk. Wearing of the “Green” symbolized the fresh green Earth in growth and bloom. Foods sacred to the Sabbat were always fresh fruits and vegetables of the season and rarely any meat. Fresh scents of lilac, apple blossoms and heather lingered in the air. Women make rings of flowers (Chaplets) and wear them on their heads.
Bale Fires are typically burned at this time to honor the God Ba’al, a Mesopotamian God of Fire.
Mercury enters Taurus
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – 11:24 am EDT
Communications could come to a standstill. Be gentle and caring with your words otherwise, you may find yourself snorting in anger with the Bull!
Beltaine – Sun in Taurus – 15 degrees
Sunday, May 5, 2013 – 4:06 am EDT
Take time to smell the flowers. We are at the exact mid-point twixt Spring and Summer. The Goddess and God are entwined in ecstasy. They role-model for all of us. Take this day and make sure you give hugs to everybody accepting.
Venus enters Gemini
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 10:45 am EDT
Venus takes on a chatty conversation about love and lust. Venus becomes a little more hedonistic in her approach to this point. She finds it easy to be as versatile as she’s used to being. Venus energy becomes more energized and alluring. Affections and devotions will be as forthcoming as normal and especially as she crosses through her ruling Sign of Taurus.
New Moon in Taurus – 19 degrees
Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 8:27 pm EDT
New Creativity abounds during a New Moon. Taurus makes sure your process is traditional, though. When you are in the creative mood, go with what you know best.
Sun enters Gemini
Monday, May 20, 2013 – 4:57 pm EDT
The Sun’s energy will change from conservative Taurus to versatile Gemini on the 20th. This mingling of energy, communications, generosity and banishing emotions, can get folks to blast their enemies and confrontations to the point of releasing them. That new Sun in Gemini allows personal conversations to thrust that energy into effect, especially where reputations are concerned.
Full Moon in Sagittarius – 4 degrees
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 12:25 am EDT
When it’s time to relax, the Full Moon will keep you alert. Emotionally, it is time to progress to the next level. Think creatively and be adventurous when you have to deal with issues. Sometimes you will have the notion to speak your mind when you are agitated, but don’t fret… whatever you say is going to be the right thing. Everybody else was thinking the same thing, but didn’t have the nerve to say it.
The month of May brings us many delightful flowers after all the April showers. When the Moon is Full, the gravitational pull of the Moon brings the sap up thru plants faster, thus the Full Moon in May is also known as the Flower Moon.
May also marks a time of births of many mammals. Nature is full of mother animals milking their babies. The Full Moon of May is also known as the Milk Moon. Typically, animals bear only one or two sets of babies per year and the spring is full of babies breast feeding from their mothers.
Memorial Day – Sun in Gemini – 6 degrees
Monday, May 27, 2013 – 12:01 am EDT
The Sun in Gemini can be lead to confusions of the mind, if you aren’t paying attention. Gemini likes to see both sides of an issue. So, when you are engaged in lofty conversations, keep a vigil eye out for anything out of sync.